MOSCOW, June 16. /TASS/. Successful people with disabilities in the public discussion of Sberbank’s “New technology. New time. New man” on the forum “Integration`17” told how new technology has changed their lives and influenced their careers. Sberbank together with “Kibitsuhiko” conducted an inclusive public talk, the speakers of which were successful people with disabilities and developers of prostheses and representatives of the Bank.
Senior Vice-President of the savings Bank Anatoly Popov, one of the initiators of this debate, said that the Bank’s management pays great attention to the problems of people with disabilities and tries to consider their needs in its new development programmes.
So, 45% of offices of Sberbank, including rural and remote, already adapted for people with disabilities. More than 3 thousand of ATMs of Sberbank adapted for blind people, almost 10 thousand support the Braille. With VoiceOver on iOS is fully adapted application “Sberbank Online” for blind and visually impaired people.
“The country is home to more than 12 million people with disabilities, 80% – clients of Sberbank, we can’t help them efficiently and fully use our services. In addition, it is important to raise the public level and not be afraid of such topics. Today we have heard many success stories, which can inspire many people to stop being afraid and to start living a full life, this too we see our mission,” – said Popov.
To abandon the prosthesis
Swimmer Olesya vladykina got in a terrible accident in 2008. She survived, but lost part of his left hand. All of its capabilities, and physical strength and fortitude, the girl sent to return to normal life.
Olesya was able to achieve success in the sport, became a double Paralympic champion and the first Russian disabled women starred on the cover of a glossy magazine. She proved to be the real: in excellent physical shape and no arms. She could not get used to the prosthesis, and refused it altogether.
“I realized that I was more comfortable without a prosthesis. The only thing I made myself a cosmetic prosthesis to try what it is. And found that for me personally it is not appropriate and even a hindrance. I realized that I shouldn’t be wasting time to use a cosmetic prosthesis,” – said vladykina during the discussion.
32-year-old lawyer from the world Bank Alexei Morozov was born and raised in a small town near Pskov. Aleksei had a disability since early childhood, but this did not prevent him to obtain higher legal education in St. Petersburg. Despite the difficulties associated with the lack of accessible environment in the city, the University, libraries, Alex successfully defended their dissertations and received the coveted diploma. Then won a scholarship to study in the UK.
“In England I first found my electric wheelchair. Of course, theoretically, I knew they existed, but never saw them. A University suddenly gave me the year this kind of modern carriage. This opened for me a new world, it was the first independent year of life for me, and electronic stroller really helped me, she gave me new opportunities,” – said Morozov.
Since then, he managed to live in Germany, studied in Houston, and now in its sixth year living in Washington, occupying a good position at the world Bank. The guy loves to travel and fly airplanes, he does not see ourselves any obstacles. Morozov believes that it was not enough only one motivation and fortitude to reach the heights.
“Not only motivation, but also new technologies to help me build my career,” he said.
In turn, representatives of Russia’s largest innovative manufacturer of prostheses “Motility” said that children who have lost a limb, and their parents often find reasons to refuse the use of modern prostheses. And this is not always due to lack of funds, they often set ourselves psychological barriers. “Children do not like dentures, they RUB, interfere. Moms are starting to shy children. And children want to hide,” said angel investor of the project “Motor skills” Andriy Davydyuk.
In the past Davydyuk has been successful Corporation. But one day life of a top Manager changed dramatically: his daughter at the Playground broke his spine. “Our mother at this time was nine months pregnant, and I had to be in hospital with your child. So I began to take in the theme of rehabilitation,” he said.
The new reality led him to “Motor skills”.
“We are in the “Motor skills” formulated mission and change the culture of prosthetics in Russia. We position their products as an element of style and design. The child can draw a picture, and a fragment of this picture will be on the prosthesis. Or can put on a prosthetic image of his favorite hero,” said Davydyuk.
According to him, recently the company has developed a high-tech bionic limbs that are controlled by the strength of the muscles.
“We are going to embed a chip card to pay the fare, screens for reading emails and SMS, remote controls for controlling home appliances. Perhaps, Sberbank will support us, we will embed the payment card to the prosthesis was a device that extends the capabilities of” – shared his plans Davydyuk.
Paralympic champion Olesya vladykina, who still refused to dentures, is interested in new Russian project. “I can’t help but notice the development of technology. And I’m interested to apply to new technologies,” she said.
An inclusive society
Lawyer Alexei Morozov noted that it is essential to develop these technologies and make available the environment for people with disabilities. According to him, this will help to more actively involve them in social life to involve.
He gave several examples from world Bank experience: the doors of the toilets in the office were equipped with a button to open which is convenient for people on wheelchair. The state Bank has an ergonomics specialist who helps adjust the workplace to the individual characteristics of each employee.
According to Morozov, it is very important that people with disabilities were not afraid, not shy about themselves and role in social life, participated in public speeches, told stories, this will help society gradually get rid of stereotypes and fears.